The needs in Meegahakiula

The quality of education in Meegahakiula's preschools is low. Teachers are often absent and have no standard syllabus to follow. The community lacks understanding about the importance of early childhood care and development. As a result, preschools don't monitor attendance.

Students in higher grades also struggle to access quality education and instruction. In rural schools, there are few teachers who are trained in core subjects, leading to gaps in information. School committees aren't active or organized and the community does not generally prioritize education.

Health Care
The health status of children in the community is worrying. Low family income and lack of information prevents parents from forming healthy habits, such as growing their own fruits and vegetables. As a result, children and mothers are malnourished.

Limited access to health care, clean, safe drinking water, and proper washrooms leaves children vulnerable to sickness and infection. Teenage pregnancy and low birth weight are also common issues.

Child Protection
Protecting the rights of youth in Meegahakiula is vital. Most community members are unaware of children's rights and cannot advocate on their behalf. Youth lack opportunities to learn how to defend themselves and promote important causes.

No organized children's groups exist and there are few safe spaces for children. This prevents them from playing and socializing with one another in healthy ways. Youth also have few chances to participate in community conversations.
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Meegahakiula's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year:

The Meegahakiula community is located in a rural area of Sri Lanka. It is home to almost 20,000 people. Most families depend on local resources for survival and more than 79% are farmers. However, constant droughts have led to food shortages and children often go hungry. When crops fail to grow during the dry season, people earn income by collecting and selling firewood. This has led to deforestation and is quickly depleting the area's natural resources.

The most vulnerable children often come from families in isolated areas without roads. The steep terrain makes it extremely hard to access health care when sick or pregnant, and children struggle to get to schools that are far away. Although educators recognize issues, such as lack of safe drinking water and clean washrooms, little has been done to address them. As a result, many students drop out.
  • 27.0% of families were using improved drinking water sources in 2017 increasing from 15.0% in 2013, decreasing the risk of waterbourne diseases
  • 25.0% of children were underweight according to their age, as a result of malnutrition in 2017 decreasing from 31.0% in 2013.
  • 96.0% of children 12-59 months old were vaccinated to protect themselves against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and measles in 2017 increasing from 95.0% in 2013.
  • 15.0% of children were too underweight according to their height, as a result of intense malnutrition in 2017 decreasing from 18.0% in 2013.
  • 34 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 4,149 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 240 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 3 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 240 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 55 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 184 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 42 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 100 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 60 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 25 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 5 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 100 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 60 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 670 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 1,010 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 205 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 246 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Train teachers and provide them with better educational resources for their students.
  • Develop partnerships between parents, caregivers, and school committees.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve nutrition practices and bring malnourished children back to health.
  • Provide more families with access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities.
  • Increase availability of health services to the community and help staff treat patients more effectively.
  • Boost family diets by creating home gardens and supporting crop production.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Strengthen ability of children, community members, and the government to advocate for child protection issues.
  • Develop youth groups and provide opportunities for young people in leadership and skills development.
  • Create support systems for children who are at-risk of abuse or have had their rights violated.
  • Monitor and follow up with children in the community to ensure they are protected and safe.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Meegahakiula can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase job training opportunities and share life skills with the youth

Explore Meegahakiula

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Meegahakiula,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.